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‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue’ to Open at ProArts Playhouse

Neil Simon’s popular play begins May 3 in Kihei.

May 2, 2013
The Maui Weekly

ProArts is proud to present Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" as its second show of the spring season.

It's 1971. Mel Edison, a well-paid executive of a high-end Manhattan firm that has suddenly hit the skids, gets the ax. His wife, Edna, takes a job to tide them over--then she, too, is sacked.

Compounded by air-pollution killing his plants, and the paper-thin walls of their apartment allowing him a constant earful of his neighbors' private lives. Just when he thinks things can't get any worse, he's robbed, and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money.

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The cast of “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” includes (from left, back row) Marilynn Hirashima, Lee Garrow, (front row) Beth Garrow, Jennifer Rose, John Peterson and Barbara Sedano.

Mel does the only thing left for him to do--he has a nervous breakdown. And it's the best thing that ever happened to him. It is now up to the loving care of his brother, Harry, his sisters and Edna to bring Mel back to a firm reality.

"The Prisoner of Second Ave-nue" features the best of Maui's talented actors, including John Peterson as the long-suffering Mel; Jennifer Rose as his devoted wife, Edna; Lee Garrow as his older brother, Harry; and Marilynn Hirashima, Beth Garrow and Barbara Sedano as his loving by slightly confused sisters.

The show is directed by Kristi Scott, with costume design by Sarah Loney, scenery by Caro Walker and lighting by Bonnie Prucha.

ProArts plays and musicals are produced by Jonathan Lehman.

Opening night is Friday, May 3; the show runs until May 19.

The play will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. (there is no show on May 5).

ProArts offers reserved seats at $20. Kama'aina nights, with discounts for Hawai'i residents, are scheduled for Saturday, May 4, and Thursday, May 9 and 16.

The intimate ProArts Playhouse is located at the Azeka Makai Shopping Center, 1280 South Kihei Road in Kihei.

The playhouse is air conditioned with 82 reserved seats. There is free parking, plenty of nearby restaurants, and an art gallery inside currently featuring the works of Pat Masumoto and Caro Walker.

"The Prisoner of Second Avenue" is suitable for all audiences.

Call 463-6550 to purchase tickets.



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